The difference between Interpretation and Translation 

Date: 29th August 2023

Author: Megha Grover

In the realm of international interactions—whether due to relocations, global business, or a fascination with diverse cultures—the terms "interpretation" and "translation" are often encountered. While they may be used interchangeably, a closer look reveals their distinct roles and relevance in different contexts.

Interpretation: Interpretation involves the real-time conversion of spoken language from one language to another. Interpreters facilitate communication during conversations, meetings, conferences, and other events where individuals are speaking different languages. Their primary goal is to ensure that the participants can understand each other's messages in a fluid and timely manner. 

Translation: Translation, on the other hand, deals with the written word. Translators convert written content, such as documents, books, websites, and more, from one language into another. Their aim is to capture not only the words but also the intended meaning, tone, and style of the original text. Translators often have the luxury of time to carefully craft their translations, considering cultural nuances and linguistic intricacies.

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